Best Free Delay VST Plugins (2021)

10 Best Free Delay VST Plugins (2021)

There is a huge variety of free delay VST plugins out there, providing many flavors including crunchy analog, warm tape, and precise digital ambience.

With the delay, you simply add a new spatial dimension to your music. It is somehow similar to reverb, but it gives more control over how you fill the space, also it can be used creatively.

In the following, we present you the top free delay VSTs for music production in 2021. While the offer is quite large, we have limited ourselves to only 12 free delay effects that are of the highest quality, covering both analog and digital categories. For the sake of diversity, at the end of the article, we also added a list of more delay freebies that you might find useful in your production.

Best Free Delay VST Plugins (2021) – TABLE OF CONTENTS

AnalogDelay

Free Delay VST Plugins: AnalogDelay

AnalogDelay features an easy-to-use interface with a delay unit followed by a 2nd order lowpass filter with saturation. The delay time can be set precisely also you can synchronize the delay to the tempo with different resolutions from 1/128 to 1 bar. AnalogDelay is a no-nonsense free analog delay plugin perfect for beginners.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST), macOS (AU, VST)

Mdsp Smartelectronix

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Valhalla Freq Echo

Valhalla Freq Echo

ValhallaDSP’s Freq Echo is a simple but powerful free delay VST plugin for creating off-grid delay sounds. The plugin has a straightforward interface with controls such as high & low cut filters and a pitch-shifter on the repeats – enough to create surprising sonic effects, from subtle chorusing to endless glissandos and runaway echos.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST, VST3, AAX), macOS (AU, VST, VST3, AAX)

ValhallaDSP

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Delay Studio

Delay Studio

Delay Studio is a powerful creative multiband delay plugin capable of vast types of delay effects, including weird and wacky long modulated fx, workhorse multi-taps and analogue inspired echoes. Delay Studio enriches any flat sound and encourages creativity.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST)

Plugin Boutique

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Tempo Delay

Tempo Delay

As the name suggests, Tempo Delay is based on tempo, incorporating filter and tremolo sections with separate controls for each stereo channel. It has separate “delay”, “repetition period”, and “delay panning” – controls that allow you to create evenly sounding “ping-pong” stereo echoes.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST, VST3, AAX), macOS (AU, VST, VST3, AAX)

Voxengo

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Stagecraft Delay

Stagecraft Delay

The main characteristic of this free delay is the combo of high-resolution FFT spectrum displays, allowing you to literally see how you are affecting the music. This translates into better use of the effect. Stagecraft Delay is aimed at electronic music productions, also includes a deep quantization system that is handy for live situations.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST), macOS (AU, VST)

Stagecraft Software

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NastyDLA

NastyDLA Free Delay Plugin

NastyDLA is a classic chorus echo device with tape-delay simulation. It has authentic signal path coloration and tape-delay style feedback and saturation. Maybe one of the most popular free delay VST plugins of all time. If you’re looking for a classic delay, you should not miss this one.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST)

Variety Of Sound

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Brigade Delay

Brigade Delay

Brigade Delay is an authentic simulation of a Bucket Brigade Device (BBD) delay line. It has a starting point the delay found in Full Bucket Nabla synthesizer – platform on which were added a few things like the LFO and the Quality control. You won’t hear “crackling” or “dropouts” when changing the delay time.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST), macOS (AU, VST)

Full Bucket Music

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Lagrange

Lagrange Free Delay VST Plugin

Lagrange is a unique stereo delay system producing otherworldly echoes using granular techniques, where each grain is from a different point in the delay buffer. From basic settings, you create immersive stereo imagery with clean early reflections for a clean mix. If you want to experiment, the feedback control will transform your sounds into droning evolving soundscapes.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST3), macOS (AU, VST3)

UrsaDSP

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T-Force Delay

T-Force Delay free VST plugin

T-Force Delay is a dual-mode delay whose feedback signal can be modulated with filters and a degrader, to emulate the old vintage style analog tape echo effects. It can produce anything from simple stereo delays to ping-pong echo effects. With the integrated flanger module, you can also create some crazy flanger effects over the feedback signal.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST)

Mastrcode Music

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Delay Bundle

Soundhack Delay Bundle

SoundHack’s Delay Bundle is a group of four plugins derived from the same basic delay algorithm: a hermite interpolated delay line with variable modulation, and a feedback loop with dc blocking and saturation. The plugins are: +delay, for those classic delay effects, +pitchdelay which shares the same codebase as +delay but is oriented toward pitch shifting, +bubbler granular delay, and +flipper – simple sound reverser.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST, VST3), macOS (AU, VST, VST3)

SoundHack

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Cocoa Delay

Cocoa Delay Free

Cocoa Delay is a free, open-source free delay VST plugin focusing on clean design, easy operation, and a warm, lively sound. It comes with delay time drift for a slight wow/flutter effect, adjustable wet level ducking based on the input signal, three pan modes, as well as a drive section.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST)

Tesselode

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Spaceship Delay

Spaceship Delay Effect

Spaceship Delay is a delay audio effect featuring classic modern and vintage sounding delays. Some notable features are the three delay modes, modulation section, advanced filtering, “modeling” section with different kinds of delay line and saturation colorations, and a “Freeze” switch.

Plugin formats: Windows (VST, AAX), macOS (AU, VST, AAX)

Musical Entropy

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Updated on July 7th, 2021.